Return Of The Damned Things
Article + photos by Nick Zimmer
The Damned Things
Venue: The Cowan
City: Nashville, TN
Date: May 10, 2019
One of the more exciting things to happen in music this year is the return of The Damned Things. Luckily for us, they brought their first tour in the better part of a decade to Nashville with Crobot and He is Legend, with local support from The Dead Deads.
The night started off with Nashville natives The Dead Deads who took the stage to an already packed crowd.
The trio’s furious alternative style amped up the early attendee’s who made it clear that they were die hard fans of the band. It’s always great to see local artists have a dedicated fan base who come out to shows early.
We were fortunate to catch He is Legend the last time they rolled through Nashville and were equally excited to catch them this time around. While the band opened with “White Bat,” the title track from their upcoming album, the rest of their set was split among the group’s discography and ended with fan favorite “I Am Hollywood.”
Schuylar Croom once again proved that he is one of the most enigmatic front-men in heavy music - his dance moves and interaction with the crowd truly set the tone for the remainder of the night.
After watching He is Legend, I honestly did not think I would see better dance moves on a night of heavy music…but then I was greeted by Crobot.
Brandon Yeagley’s wildly energetic presence mixed with the hard rock groove of the band flowed together perfectly, and the enamored crowd loved every second of it. The bands set was rich with tracks from Something Supernatural, and we were treated to several new songs as well. To put it simply, Crobot’s set was one long party!
Being able to see The Damned Things in such an intimate setting was a truly incredible experience since none of the musicians that make up this group (Keith Buckley, Scott Ian, Dan Andriano, Joe Trohman, and Andy Hurley) are playing no barricade shows in venues of this size anymore.
From the very start of the set, Scott Ian proved that he still has more cardio stamina than anyone as he ran around the stage all night. Meanwhile, Keith Buckley spent the set having the entire crowd yell back every word, and making the night of a lot of attendees with mic grabs.
The addition of Dan Andriano to the band works perfectly, holding down the low end and providing smooth backing vocals.
The band couldn’t have had a more packed set list, opening with “Ironiclast” and then ripping through a large chunk of both of their albums. It was great seeing The Damned Things back after so long and I hope that we don’t have have such a large gap between albums and shows again.